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Five-Run First Inning Lifts Angels to Victory Over Rays


Aug 3, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (36) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After a fantastic first inning, a solid outing by Angels starter Jered Weaver, and a short delay caused by a power outage, the Los Angeles Angels continue their race to become the best team in baseball.

Mike Trout hit an RBI double off Jake Odorizzi in the top of the 1st driving in Kole Calhoun to give the Angels a 1-0 lead. Josh Hamilton drove in Trout on a base hit that moved Albert Pujols over to second. Pujols scored off of a single by Howie Kendrick.

After a sacrifice fly from David Freese that drove in a run, Efren Navarro doubled, driving Erick Aybar in, and giving Los Angeles a 5-0 lead. It took Odorizzi 20 minutes to get the first out of the game.

During the third inning of the game, there was a power outage in Tropicana Field that caused some of the stadium lights to shut off. The game was delayed for 19 minutes by a lightning strike a few streets away.

Weaver did his job today, giving up just two runs and six hits with three strike outs in six innings. The bullpen didn’t fare as well.

Jason Grilli came into the game in the top of the seventh inning and gave up two hits and three runs while only pitching one-third of an inning. Kevin Jepsen and Joe Smith each gave up a hit and a walk.

Fortunately, recently acquired closer Huston Street was able to do his job and close out the game in the bottom of the ninth as Los Angeles took a 7-5 road victory in Tampa Bay.

The Angels now face a four game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, where two games will be played at Dodgers Stadium followed by two at the “Big A.”